Sydney Kirkby (explorer)

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Sydney Kirkby
Known forExploration of Australian Antarctic Territory

Sydney Lorrimar Kirkby, AO, MBE (born 1933) is an Australian surveyor and Antarctic explorer.


Syd Kirkby was first appointed as Surveyor at Mawson Station for 1956, the third year of ANARE operations in Antarctica.[1]

Syd Kirkby was Surveyor and/or Station Leader of the ANARE 16-month wintering party at Mawson Station for three years: 1956-57, 1960–61, 1980-81. Additionally, he was a member of the summer operations team for four years: 1961-62, 1962–63, 1964–65 and 1979-80.

Kirkby's many accomplishments in Antarctica include establishment of the easternmost, westernmost, and southernmost astrofixes in Australian Antarctic Territory. During his first expedition (1956–57), he was the first man to venture into the Prince Charles Mountains with sled dogs. In the autumn of 1960, he and his team journeyed 400 kilometres through Enderby Land from the Napier Mountains to Mawson station. Between 1961 and 1965, he surveyed more Antarctic territory than any other explorer. His contributions have made a significant impact on the fields of regional geochronology, petrology, tectonics geology, orogeny, glaciology, geomagnetism, and paleomagnetism.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Many geographical features in and around Australian Antarctic Territory have been named for Syd Kirkby. Some of these are:

Other awards and recognition include:[1]


  1. ^ a b Carstens, David (2003). "Sydney Kirkby MBE, Polar Medal". The White Hat Guide to 200 Significant Australians. Docklands, Victoria, Australia: White Hat. Retrieved 2011-11-30.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bowden, Tim (1997). The Silence calling: Australians in Antarctica 1947-97, pp 162–163.

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